GODZILLA #8 THUMBNAIL

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GODZILLA #8 THUMBNAIL
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Hey everyone. Welcome to another edition of Unleash the Fanboy’s Weekly Comic Reviews, I’m your Godzilla loving host, Daniel Alvarez. It’s been a pretty exciting week for news. We’ve learned that Warner Bros. is committed to a March state for GODZILLA, del Toro is directing a Justice League Dark movie titled ‘Dark Universe,’ among other cool things such as a Lego Marvel Superheroes game. This week in comics brings us the latest issue of the GODZILLA Ongoing, and it’s plain awesome. We also have the start of IDW’s alien invasion story JINNRISE, the next installments of Image’s Mind the Gap and Clone, among other cool things. Let’s kick it off with the always very good Artifacts.

Artifacts #24

There’s absolutely no denying that there’s been a slow but steady build up toward certain players becoming abundantly aware of the world they once knew, and this latest issue touches on that while acting as a prelude of sorts for next month’s Witchblade feature.  What we hold in our hands is the literal calm before that proverbial storm, and trust me there’s plenty to enjoy here.

For the full review, click here.

4/5

Change #2

Change is a different but really confusing read, filled with random characters and random plot elements, the narration beats you down, and the dialogue is not all that engaging. It does however seem to fit to a specific crowd. There is something here, but you have to wade through alot to get to it.

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3/5

Clone #3

Just three issues in and Clone has firmly established itself as one of Image’s best. Obviously when it first came out on the outside it didn’t seem to be anything special. Clones by now are what people would consider an overused thing. It would take some clever writing and an intriguing premise to convince readers otherwise. This series has done that. In just three issues we have a unique story, great characters, and you the reader are invested. Clone is a surprise hit, easily recommended. The latest issue further moves the story with some great writing and tense scenes, if it’s one Image title you should be reading, it’s this.

For the full review, click here.

4.5/5

THE END TIMES OF BRAM & BEN #1

From start to finish the comic book you hold is an endlessly entertaining read that’s sure to appeal to a very select audience.  This is more or less a saga about two guys facing the literal apocalypse together, but they aren’t trying to save the planet. Instead what we get is a refreshing take that’s more about embracing remaining moments as the world marches toward assured destruction.

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3.5/5

Hack/Slash #22

This latest arc charges forward as it rushes beyond the losses and boldly charts an intersection that’s more than likely due to happen in next month’s thrilling outing.  What we get from this piece is more or less a stop-gap where our protagonist and her friends try to rally themselves and figure out just what exactly is going on.  From that process some solid interactions reveal some minor revelations as this title enters some uncharted territory.

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4/5

Mind the Gap #7

The hit mystery soap opera comic Mind the Gap is finally back. I remember when it first launched last year back in May, it was a pretty interesting start. It established Elle as our main character whom is in a coma but is able to travel between bodies when someone else is on the verge of dying. We saw that a character titled ‘Hoodie’ was the one who put her in that coma,  who exactly he is was the big mystery. The other mystery is what she was targeted for the first place. Who hired Hoodie? It was revealed two issues ago that her mom was the mastermind behind it, in one of those last page “Oh. My. Gosh!” moments. In the last issue we saw her spirit go into a 10 year old girl named Katie. Now in this one we see what she does. While not much was accomplished, it was still a pretty tense issue throughout.

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4/5

Non-Humans #2

Three months is a rather wide gap for any book. I had forgotten this series even existed. Non-Humans is a four issue mini-series from Image. According to the description, it’s ‘Blade Runner meets Toy Story.’ Basically what would happen if toys sprang to life? Would they be counted as individuals too? It was an intriguing question the first issue asked the reader. This issue continues the story, we learn more about Aimes, and the main antagonist is established. If you’re looking for something really different than what’s currently out there on the stands, I encourage you to give Non-Humans a go.

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4/5

REPOSSESSED #1

Repossessed is fun book so far, with nice ideas, and a good opening mystery. Though this series will only run for 4 issues, the 1st issue is good enough to make the next 3 issues worth checking out.

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3.5/5

Savage Dragon #184

A dialogue heavy issue, Savage Dragon #184 deals with all the repercussions of previous issues. This is easy enough to pick up through repetitive comments, but it none the less has very little impact by its self.

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2.5/5

Spawn #226

Spawn has been a long lasting franchise that has endured its share of creative bumps in the road but the latest string of stories have taken this tale to a whole new level.  The creative team continues to succeed by offering concepts that may not be completely fresh but they find the right way to deliver them as they lead the audience down some fascinating roads.

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4.5/5

Supreme #68

With the world in the grip of this ruthless hero two things are happening, the former members of the Supremacy are trying to figure out a way to make things right no matter what the cost while Khromium is out for revenge.  In short, this is a fairly straight forward romp that seems to stand proudly as a proverbial blast from the past while simultaneously entertaining its audience.

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3.5/5

Think Tank Military Dossier #1

Have you been a bit apprehensive about jumping into the now critically acclaimed series, Think Tank?  Do you find yourself to be a bit uneasy spending the money on characters and a franchise that you’re just not familiar with?  Well look no further than this exceptionally packaged release, as it steadily goes over the the main points of the ongoing saga while yielding a fun little sample in the process.

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4/5

A Game of Thrones #12

With all the options available for getting your Game of Thrones fix, I don’t know why you’d choose this one. If you want to Martin’s words, read the books; if you want to see the story realized visually, watch the show on HBO.

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2.5/5

Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Ghoul Goblin #1

If you’ve never tried The Dresden Files before, Ghoul Goblin may not be the best place to start, but if you’re a Butcher fan, or a lapsed reader of the previous Dresden graphic novels, you should give GG a try.

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3.5/5

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #186

Things start off quiet in G.I Joe: A Real American Hero #186, but that quickly changes. Equal parts tension, suspense and action, this is an issue that knows how to get the vital balances just right, building up into what looks to be an impressive set piece.

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4/5

GODZILLA #8

The GODZILLA Ongoing has reached its final act that has been hinted since the end of Kingdom of Monsters. Issue #6 was the high point of the series, finally Mothra’s lovely Priestesses appeared and explained things. (Vaguely, but it was something.) They had warned that the monsters whom had risen up were not the end for humanity, rather it was the things approaching our planet. Then #7 came and it might have been the worst issue of the series. Not necessarily bad, but extremely underwhelming compared to the previous one. With this issue, I had high expectations, but not too high, since I’ve been letdown in the past with these comics. What I am happy to report is that #8 is by far the greatest issue in the series yet, the first issue I can call a really good read. Big things happen, with the humans, with the monsters, and…the invasion begins. Now this is the reason why we read Godzilla comics.

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4.5/5

THE HOLLOWS #2

Bleach THE HOLLOWS is finally back with its second installment. The first issue was one of the more interesting comics I’ve read, there aren’t many like it. There we saw that Tokyo had become pretty much unlivable and these zombie things called the Hollows roam around, and will eat your soul. No, there are no Soul Reapers in this. If you happen to live in the ‘Tree Cities,’ you’re set, but if you’re on street level, there’s always a reason to feel fear. In the last issue we saw our main character Craig journey down into the city and see the horrors of what transpires. He saw people, whom were constantly on the verge of being eaten by the Hollows. This issue is slower than the last one, but that’s actually not a bad thing. THE HOLLOWS is shaping up to be one of the more intriguing titles on the stands.

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4/5

JINNRISE #1

The idea of otherworldly and advanced creatures invading Earth is certainly something that’s been explored in the past, but trust me the narrative has never been told featuring a Genie.  Beyond that added bit of flavor the creative team works in a brilliant unison in order to deliver a tale that is certainly special in its own right.

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4/5

Joe Palooka #2

Our hero is in a very complicated situation but Joe Palooka is doing what he can to survive, while forces beyond his control prepare to try and take him out. What we have here is a fairly straight forward second issue that, courtesy of the creative team, does a lot of things right as it propels its narrative forward.

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3.5/5

Popeye #9

A simple story, Popeye #9 is its usual charming self. Whilst this one seems devoid of the humor of previous adventures, its none the less an interesting read. It also makes use of a traditional Popeye cast, including Bluto, which makes it feel much more traditional.

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3.5/5

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics #7

First and foremost regarding this whimsical glimpse at what once was is the solid packaging found in these newly colorized releases.  If you’re already a fan of the property you’ve probably read the black and white renditions of these jaunts, but I can’t help but be captivated at what colors do to improve on something that’s already a staple in comic history.

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3.5/5

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret of the Foot Clan #1

The mysteries surrounding the Ninjas that oppose our Heroes in a Half-Shell certainly warrant some attention in this stellar first outing.  If you’ve ever found yourself wondering where these enemies came from, here’s your chance to find out.  From modern day questions to past conundrums the plot surrounding the Shredder‘s devoted followers continues to thicken with each passing page, as this creative team brilliantly structures a more than competent interpretation of their saga.

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4.5/5

Transformers: Regeneration One #87

Overall, another great installment of Transformers Regeneration One. Grimlock gets some great page-time, and the words spoken by Optimus are words that should be read by all Transformers fans. We also get to see Galvatron, and the ending featuring S–well, you’ll just have to see for yourself. Regeneration One continues to be the Transformers title you should be reading.

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4/5

Transformers: Robots in Disguise #13

With the reintroduction of Megatron, its safe to say things aren’t exactly stable in Transformers: Robots In Disguise #13. Bringing in the classic bad guy undoubtedly mixes various things up, but its done in an attempt to be original and unique.

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4/5

2000AD #1814

Another week, another issue of 2000AD. With 2000AD #1814, we have Judge DreddThe Red Seas, SavageAmpney Crucis Investigates and Strontium Dog, so let’s take a closer look.

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3/5

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